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Liriodendron chinense
  • RHS AGM

Chinese tulip tree

L. chinense is a vigorous upright tree to 25m tall, with leaves divided into three lobes, the large terminal one truncated, turning yellow in autumn; cup-shaped pale green, yellow-veined flowers 2cm long are produced in summer, only on mature trees

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Size
Ultimate height
Higher than 12 metres
Time to ultimate height
more than 50 years
Ultimate spread
Wider than 8 metres
Growing conditions
Clay
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Well–drained
pH
Acid, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Green Green
Autumn Yellow
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or West–facing or East–facing or South–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Magnoliaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Liriodendron are vigorous deciduous trees with attractively lobed leaves and green and orange, tulip-shaped flowers in summer; good autumn colour

Name status

Correct

Plant range
C China, Indochina

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How to grow

Cultivation

Grow as specimen tree in lime-free soil in sun or partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by grafting

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Generally pest free

Diseases

Generally disease free

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